Ways Hackers can hack your Account
Almost every one of us have social media(Facebook. Twitter, Linked-in) and mailing accounts (Gmail, Yahoo, Msn). The very thought of someone invading our privacy by compromising our account security and breaching in it is mind-devastating. In these article I will show you top 10 ways Hackers can hack your Account and how you can prevent yourself by using some simple cyber-hygiene.
Phishing is the attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and indirectly money), oen for malicious reasons, by disguising as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.
Attacker usually creates a fake website which has the look and feel which are almost identical to the legitimate one. Like www.facebok.com (notice there is single ‘o’ in Facebook) instead of www.facebook.com. And then tries to acquire personal information such as password from you. It is typically carried out by email spoofing or instant messaging, and it oen directs users to enter personal information at a fake website
Keylogging is the easiest way to hack a account. Keyloggers are sometimes so dangerous that even people with good knowledge of computers can fall for it. Basically, Keylogger is a small program which once installed on a victim’s computer will record everything which the victim types on his/her computer. The records are then sent to the hacker directly on his email address.
Use a Firewall: Keyloggers send the information from victim’s computer through the internet, so a firewall will monitor your online security and block out anything suspicious Password Manager: Keyloggers can’t steal what you don’t type, Password Manager fills out important forms without you having to type it.
One thing that even most of professionals do is that they keep complex passwords but then don’t want to remember those complex passwords so they make their browser remember them. The Browser automatically fills in the password field for you when you visit the site. Now to fill the passwords automatically browsers need to store the passwords locally in computer. Stealers are sowares made to fetch those saved passwords from the browsers.
Use Password Managers Avoid saving passwords on browsers
4. Session Hijacking:
Session Hijacking can be oen very dangerous if you are accessing a website by a http:// connection. In a Session Hijacking a hacker steals the victim’s browser cookie, which is used to authenticate a user on a website and uses it to access victim’s account. Session Hijacking is mostly done on LAN network.
If you use chrome, then install an add-on called KB SSL Enforcer. OR if you firefox then install Force TLS. These add-ons will automatically redirect you to the secured pages of the websites
5. Side Jacking / Firesheep:
Side Jacking is a popular method for hacking accounts. It is a process of stealing someone’s access to a website on a wireless public networks.
Firesheep is used to carry out side jacking when attacker and victim are connected to same WiFi network. Side Jacking is just another name for session hijacking but precisely targeted for WiFi users.
If you use chrome, then install an add-on called KB SSL Enforcer. OR if you firefox then install Force TLS. These add-ons will automatically redirect you to the secured pages of the websites. Avoid Connecting to open public wireless networks.
Millions of user access their mails and social media accounts through their mobile devices but if your smartphone is compromised. Your phone has a lot of your personal data apart from your selfies. It has your email account which can be used to reset the passwords of your social media accounts and bank accounts. Moreover, smartphones nowadays are open to attack 24 hours a day, seven days a week with only minimal security in them thus making them a suitable target for hackers.